Arsenal could land Juventus transfer guru to replace Gazidis

Arsenal could be set to bring Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta to North London as a replacement for Ivan Gazidis, according to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato via JuveDipendenza.

What’s the word?

A lot has changed at Arsenal over the course of recent months, with the biggest alteration being Unai Emery’s arrival to succeed Arsene Wenger at the club, but further movement is on the horizon with the impending exit of Ivan Gazidis.

The Gunners have confirmed that Gazidis will vacate his position as Arsenal CEO to move to Italian giants AC Milan later this month and could bring in experienced Juventus transfer guru Giuseppe Marotta as his replacement, Italian journalist Ciro Venerato has claimed.

Marotta, like Gazidis, is set to leave when his contract expires later this month and Arsenal are in the running for the services of the 61-year-old, although they face competition from Inter Milan and Roma.

What can he offer?

In eight years at Juventus, Marotta has brought the Turin giants back from disappointing campaigns in Serie A to the forefront of Italian football. His work with transfers has been extremely effective, securing a number of high-profile players for minimal fees.

Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Dani Alves and Emre Can are amongst the players he has secured for the Italian champions on free transfers, saving the club millions while helping to establish the side back amongst Europe’s elite.

It is this sort of management behind the scenes that Arsenal will be crying out for in their attempts to dethrone Manchester City, especially as they cannot compete with the finances Pep Guardiola has at his disposal and would cap off a fantastic overhaul behind the scenes for the Gunners – which has included landing former Dortmund man Sven Mislintat as Head of Recruitment and Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona.